The Great Northeast and the Riverwards are a huge section of the city full of distinct neighborhoods, great food, and expanses of parks.
1. Pre-breakfast in the Port Richmond Polish District (submitted by Jonathan Levin)
Start your day off right with donuts, specifically, plum jelly-filled Paczki from Krakus Market, a Polish market in Port Richmond which also contains within its walls the delicious Staropolska restaurant.
2. Breakfast at Pete’s Clown House (submitted by George Matysik and Doug Moak)
Order the He-Man breakfast, which comes with everything — pancakes, toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and homefries for only $6. The portions are enormous and the atmosphere — a real diner — seems rare and wonderful to find these days
3. A drive up Frankford Ave and an exploration of the area (submitted by Michelle Feldman)
Stop by the Frankford Ave business district to shop some of the small family owned stores. Pick up cheap, but delicious produce, home-made candles and school uniforms. If you’re a history buff, check out the Civil War Museum, which contains a piece of cloth that a dying Abraham Lincoln was laid on.
4. Lunch at Nick’s Roast Beef (submitted by Nick Goldberg)
If you’ve recovered from your gigantic breakfast, head over to Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman Ave. for a delicious Philly-staple. Though variations exist, I prefer mine with peppers and onions, garnished with horseradish, and a side of cheese fries.
5. A walk in the Pennypack Park (submitted by Shannon MacDonald)
Walk off all of those delicious calories in Pennypack Park. If you’re lucky, you can hit the bandshell at just the right time on a summer night to hear a concert.
6. Dessert cookies at Famous Deli (submitted by Esther Fox)
On your way back home, stop off at Famous Deli for some delicious cookies. No trip is complete without a stop somewhere for dessert
7. An evening drive down I-95 (submitted by Shannon MacDonald)
Factories, both abandoned and functioning line the expressway. They speak to Philadelphia’s industrial past and present. To some, they speak of being or coming home.